The Spurs have used their second and final two way contract to sign Kieta Bates-Diop, a forward drafted 48th in 2018 by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of Ohio State, according to Yahoo’s Vincent Goodwill.
Forward Keita Bates Diop agreed to a two-way deal with the San Antonio Spurs, per sources— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) November 23, 2020
Bates-Diop has appeared and 74 NBA games over the last two season with the Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets While averaging 5.9 points and 2.8 rebounds, as well as the G League. He joins Quinndary Weatherspoon as the Spurs second two-way player and can spend up to 45 days in San Antonio during the regular season, while the rest will be Austin.
The Spurs still have one of their 15 main roster spots open and the mid-level exception still at their disposal. Bates-Diop’s signing potentially opens the door for this year’s second round pick Tre Jones to be signed to a guaranteed contract, similar to how the Spurs used Chimezie Metu. He would likely still spend plenty of time developing in Austin.